Garneau, Wehbe discuss ongoing political, economic crises in Lebanon
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Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Thursday spoke with his Lebanese counterpart, Charbel Wehbe, to discuss the ongoing political and economic crises currently facing Lebanon and their dire effects on the Lebanese people.
Minister Garneau had his initial call with Minister Wehbe, where he reaffirmed Canada’s exceptional people-to-people ties with Lebanon. The Minister thanked his counterpart for Lebanon’s support of the Declaration on Press Freedom and the Canadian-led Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention. He also underscored Canada’s unwavering support of the people of Lebanon, read a statement from Global Affairs.
Minister Garneau reiterated Canada’s desire that Lebanon forms a new government without delay to implement the necessary reforms and respond to the aspiration of the Lebanese people. He also emphasized the vital importance of holding Lebanon’s next round of national elections as scheduled in 2022.
He reasserted the importance of achieving justice for the victims of this tragedy through a credible and transparent investigation. He also called for a credible, impartial, and independent investigation into the assassination of Lokman Slim.
The Lebanese minister thanked Canada for its steadfast support of Lebanon and its contribution of $30 million to assist with the aftermath of the devastating Beirut explosion.